On Monday (August 8), the FBI executed a search warrant at former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump took up full-time residence at the resort after his term as president ended in 2021.
According to the former president’s son, Eric Trump, the FBI was searching for documents sought by the National Archives. Donald Trump had allegedly taken 15 boxes of presidential documents from the White House upon his departure from office, including classified documents, which could threaten national security.
The former president broke the news of the raid himself in a statement released on Monday.
“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump’s statement read. “Nothing like this has happened to a President of the United States before.”
Trump characterized the FBI’s execution of the search warrant as “not necessary or appropriate,” further arguing that it constituted “prosecutorial misconduct.”
Claiming that the search warrant was part of a plot by Democrats to keep him from running for president in 2024, Trump said, “Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before. They even broke into my safe!”
This news broke on the same day as two other stories involving Trump. In one of those reports, it was revealed that journalist Maggie Habberman claims to have evidence suggesting that Trump, while president, routinely ripped up documents that ought to have been preserved and flushed them down the toilet.
Another report included the claim that President Trump once expressed to John Kelly, his White House chief-of-staff, that he wished high ranking national security and military officials would act more like “the German generals in World War II,” whom he believed were completely loyal to Adolf Hitler.
Kelly allegedly clarified that Hitler’s top military personnel attempted to assassinate him three times, but Trump reportedly denied the existence of that historical reality.